Eadie & Ramsden

James Eadie & Cissie Ramsden

Cissie Ramsden (born Emily Lillian Ramsden)
James Eadie (born James Frederick George Beddoe)

Eadie & Ramsden performed as a comedy duet with eccentric dance from around 1906 to the late 1920s.

James Eadie is the son of James & Lucy Allison. Cissie Ramsden is his cousin. James Frederick George BEDDOE was born 27th January 1884. Going by the stage name James EADIE he married his professional partner Cissie Ramsden (Emily Lillian RAMSDEN) on 27 February 1912. Cissie was born 7th December 1884 to Emily Beddoe and John RAMSDEN, a jeweller of Reigate.

Styling themselves as Eadie & Ramsden, the couple performed as music hall artistes and a comic song & dance duo. They toured the UK, then to Paris, Germany and on to America where they spent 6 years until 1920. Returning back to the UK briefly. They returned to USA in 1922 and eventually settled in Grand Rapids, Michigan where they ran a dry cleaning business in later life. Lucy Allison lived with them until she died in 1948. Eadie & Ramsden died within months of each other in 1970 and are buried together at Fulton Street cemetery, Grand Rapids with Lucy Allison. They had no children.

Eadie & Ramsden contortions and music in Charlie’s Visit
Postcard (personal collection)

Cissie Ramsden also appears on sheet music from the 1920s with “Blue” and the Al Jolson song “That Wonderful Kid from Madrid”. With words by Grant Clark and Edgar Leslie and music by Lou Handman, the sheet music for Blue was published by Stark & Cowan, New York and copyright in Canada in 1922.